What it’s Like Talking to Me

| September 29, 2015

I recently came across an old email telling some friends about a conversation between me and my husband, Paul.  It is one of several conversations I’ll publish in upcoming weeks, from old emails.  Seriously, it is a wonder we accomplish anything together.

Email from JANUARY 2008


Yesterday, Paul and I were in the car:

Paul: Today, Jiin was asking me all about the caucuses.

Kari: I have a map of the Caucasus at work…Why does she care so much about what’s going on in the Caucasus right now?

Paul: She cares about leadership, I guess.


Tonight, after an election-related commercial:

Paul: Ooh…I wonder what’s going on in the caucuses.


I had to take off my glasses to wipe my eyes as I guffawed.

Kari: Do you remember a conversation we had yesterday?

Paul: About the caucases?

Kari: You brought them up…and my response was that I had a map of the Caucasus?

Paul: Yeah?


Really long pause to see if Paul would catch up.

Kari: You didn’t think that odd?

Paul: Well, I figured you had a map of where everything was taking place.


Really long pause to see if Paul would catch up.

Kari: No.  I meant the Caucasus.


Really long pause to see if…

Paul: OH, the MOUNTAINS?

Kari: Yes.

Paul: The biggest news item and you thinking I’m talking about the mountains?



Kari: Well, Jiin is Kurdish.




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Kari Martindale is a writer and ESL instructor. She’s visited all 50 states and 37 countries, including many of the big cities of Europe and a ton of Christmas Markets. She spends her days straddling the fence between a sense of adventure and a sense of dread. She is married to what is clearly a patient man and has a daughter who, frustratingly, is just like her. Her academic and professional backgrounds are in linguistics and foreign languages. When she's not teaching ESL, she's writing. When she's not writing, she's thinking about her next trip.

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